Discover the best events, activities, live music, entertainment and things to do in and around Newport this weekend.

(In chronological order)

1 – Daffodil Days at Blithewold 


Tens of thousands of daffodils trumpet the arrival of springtime along with afternoon teas and Friday evening garden parties.

2 – Newport Restaurant Week 

April 1 – 10

Treat your taste buds to this extraordinary culinary experience featuring seasonal menus highlighting local flavor at more than 50 participating restaurants throughout Newport and Bristol Counties. Pre-fixe menus offer $16 three-course lunches and $35 three-course dinners.

3 – Newport Night Run

Friday at 7:30pm

Newport’s only nighttime race will be held on April 1 and will once again benefit the Newport Public Education Foundation This year’s event will feature a brand new 5k course and a lovely April 1st date. We hope you can join us for this rewarding event! Registration is now open!

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4  – Live Improv Comedy with The Bit Players

Friday at 8pm at The Firehouse Theatre
RI’s most award-winning comedy troupe hits the stage with their hilarious improv show full of larger than life characters, hysterical musical numbers, & the quickest wit you’ll ever see EVERY Fri & Sat night at 8pm. If you are going for a special occasion & would like a person(s) of honor to be part of the show let us know in advance. We will create a customized game just for your group! We encourage ALL guests to buy tickets online, shows often sell out. All shows are BYOB! Laugh More.

Tickets and more information available at

5 – Popup Movie Night Featuring E.T.

Friday at 7pm at Kay Chapel at Hotel Viking

Retro Family Movie Night with the classic E.T. will be shown at Kay Chapel starting at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Come early (reservations suggested) and childrens entrees are free with adult entree purchase at One Bellevue before the show.

6 – IYRS Marine & Composites Job Fair

Saturday from 9am to 1pm at IYRS

Join IYRS for the 11th Annual Marine & Composites Industry Career Day hosted at IYRS in Newport, Rhode Island on April 2, 2016. This one-day event, which is hosted by IYRS and RIMTA, is free to the public and will draw marine and composites industry experts and employers from all over the U.S.

Career seekers will have an opportunity to meet with boatbuilders, boat yards, and composite manufacturers; learn about the skills needed to work in the marine and composites industries; gather information on how to gain in-demand skills; learn about career prospects; and attend informative seminars.

7 – A Gathering of Fiddlers and Fishermen

Saturday at 6:30pm

Common Fence Music is honored to have Ilana serve as Master of Ceremonies for the 17th Gathering! Doors and music at 6:30 pm. Get your tickets here. This event has always sold out before the day of the show.

The finest folk, roots and world music in an intimate 200 seat listening room. Doors and Irish Session music at 6:30 for this event. Don’t forget your picnic basket!

Ilana Katz Katz, fiddler, novelist, visual artist: Ilana Katz Katz’s fiddling stems from the old-time Appalachian tradition and dives into the blues from time to time. Her unique style as a solo artist and in a band has taken her to the stage with greats such as Ronnie Earl, Bobby Radcliff, Joe Moss, Diane Blue, Cedric Watson, and the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra, to name a few. While her mainstay is blues and old-time fiddle, she is a versatile, improvisational musician who is as comfortable performing solo shows as she is being featured as the fiddler in 14 piece rock bands. Her first love is performing in Boston’s subways, where you can find her most Fridays.

8 – Jamestown Bridge 10k & 5k

Sunday at 9am

Trimon Productions LLC are at it again – heading over the Jamestown Bridge for this amazing 10K Race. Both races start simultaneously at 9:00am with the 10K athletes in North Kingstown and the 5K athletes in Jamestown (shuttle buses provided!) Both races finish in North Kingstown! Don’t miss the opportunity of a lifetime to run across one of RI’s most spectacular landmarks. Water & gorgeous views of Narragansett Bay surround you and dull the pain of the all the tough climbs that you’ll face! This course is USATF-Certified by Ray Nelson! All athletes receive an event shirt and finisher medal! All race info can be found at

9 – Salve Regina 11th Annual French Film Festival

April 3 – 14

Six thought-provoking films, including the 1959 classic, “Hiroshima Mon Amour,” will be featured when Salve Regina University presents its French Film Festival April 3-14 in Newport.

All films and special festival events are open to the public and will be presented on the campus of Salve Regina University. Films will be screened in Bazarsky Lecture Hall in O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue, and an opening night wine and cheese reception will be held after the first night’s screening in McAuley Hall, which is directly adjacent to O’Hare.

Festival passes for admittance to all films and events during the week are available for $35; Sunday films with receptions are $15; and weeknight films are $10. Tickets and festival passes are available at or at the door. Call (401) 341-2197 for more information or e-mail general questions to

Sunday Gallery Sunday APRIL

10 – Sunday Gallery Sunday

Sunday from 12pm to 5pm throughout Newport

Support local galleries this weekend and get an insider’s guided tour of Island Moving Co with an open rehearsal, a sneak peak at the Opera House and a glimpse into the gallery world at The Open Aperture and The Ball & Claw – The tour starts at Washington Square Cafe at 1:00pm. Free & Open to the public, this Sunday join Newport in celebrating the arts with Sunday Gallery Sunday!

For more info and maps, visit

Live Music and Entertainment Listings

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  • Firehouse Theater: Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 8pm.
  • Hotel Viking (One Bellevue Lounge): Live music with The Playboys from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Saltwater at Newport Harbor Hotel: Live music with Steve Mortrude from 7pm – 10pm.
  • Wharf Pub: Live music with Tim Smith from 8pm – 11pm No cover.
  • Buskers: Live music with Friday- The Throttles- Buskers Pub from 9pm to 1am. No Cover.
  • Celtica: Karaoke at 10pm. No cover.
  • Clarke Cooke House: DJ & Dancing in the Boom Boom Room from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Jimmy’s Saloon: Live music with April Fool’s Ball at 9pm
  • Jo’s Bistro: Live music with John & Joanne from 7pm to 10pm. No cover.
  • Midtown Oyster Bar: Live music at 10pm. No cover.
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Live music at 9pm.
  • O’brien’s Pub: Live music at 5pm.
  • One Pelham East: Live music with  at 10pm.
  • Parlor Bar & Kitchen: Live music at 9pm.
  • Pour Judgement: Live music at 10pm.
  • Speakeasy: Live music with Chopville from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Tavern On Broadway: Live Reggae music from 10pm to 1am. No cover.


  • Firehouse Theater: Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 8pm and 10pm.
  • Hotel Viking (One Bellevue Lounge) Live Music from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Saltwater at Newport Harbor Hotel: Live music from 7pm-10pm. No cover.
  • Wharf Pub: Live music with Sarah & Chris from 8pm – 11pm. No cover
  • Buskers: Live music with Brian Twohey from 8pm to 1am. No Cover.
  • Celtica: Karaoke at 10pm. No cover.
  • Clarke Cooke House: Live music from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Fifth Element: Live music at 10pm. No cover.
  • Genie’s Hookah Lounge: DJ & Dancing at 9pm.
  • Jimmy’s Saloon:Live music with  Blackletter, Sgt. Baker & The Clones, Cat Has Claws at 9pm.
  • Midtown Oyster Bar:  Live music with Justin Pomfret and Ron Ruzzo from 9pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Narragansett Cafe: Live music at 9pm. No cover.
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Live music at 9pm.
  • Newport Grand: Live music at 9pm.
  • O’brien’s Pub – DJ C-Gray from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • One Pelham East: Live music with at 9pm.
  • Parlor Bar & Kitchen: Live music at 9pm.
  • Pour Judgement: Live music with PAULA CLARE BLUES at Pour Judgement in Newport at 10pm
  • Speakeasy: Live music with Chopville from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Tavern On Broadway: Live music at 10pm. No cover.


  • Wharf Pub: Live music from 2pm to 5pm. No cover
  • Clarke Cooke House: Live music with Bobby Ferreira from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. No cover.
  • Fastnet Pub: Live traditional Irish Music from 6pm to 9pm. No cover.
  • Fifth Element: Live music from 12pm to 3pm . No cover.
  • Jimmy’s: Live Music at 9pm.
  • Midtown Oyster Bar: Live music from 4pm to 7pm.
  • Pour Judgement: Live music with Los Duderinos from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Speakeasy: Live music with Stu Sinclair at 8:30pm. No cover.